View A CENTURY OF SPECIMENS by Stefanie Wilson in Dal News for Aug 7, 2018. Some extracts:
The Herbarium Digitization Project is a collaboration between the Department of Biology and the University Archives. A four-step process, the digitization involves verification, cataloguing, recording included information and then photographing each specimen.
To take these physical records and turn them into digital files is a big job — one that’s perfectly suited to a Biology graduate who has developed a keen interest in plants.
“I originally wanted to go to Medical School, like a lot of starting Science majors,” Nick [Belliveau] admits, “but I ended up really falling in love with the flora of Nova Scotia and Botany and that part of the Biology program.”
Nick received the Sarah Lawson summer research scholarship so he can work on the project full time over the summer. At the end of August, he moves to Saskatoon to start a master’s degree in Plant Systematics.
“By the end of the summer, my goal is to get about 50 per cent done and then the volunteer, who is also working with the project now, is going to take it over so the project will continue,” Nick explains. “I hope it will be completely done by the end of the next academic year. Even better would be to have it done by the end of 2018 to make it all happen within the bicentennial year.”
There are some significant holdings in this herbarium including, apparently, some materials collected by famed American botanist ML Fernald (1873-1950) was “the first person to report extensively on the occurrence of the Atlantic Coastal Plain Floral Element in our province” (cited in Nova Scotia Plants by Marian C. Munro, Ruth E. Newell & Nicholas M. Hill, 2014).
Dalhousie University, Halifax, N. S. Started about 1930.
Held some 10,000 to 12,000 sheets of Vascular Plants in 1974.
Also some 3,000 Algae and 1,000 Bryophytes. Collectors:
H.P. Bell, W.G. Dore (ca. 3,000), M.L. Fernald, L.A. Hanic
(3,000 mainly Algae), M.J. Harvey (1,500), A.E. Roland, etc.
The basic collection for the Grasses of Nova Scotia. Strong
on Grasses and rich in vouchers for chromosome counts.
– SURVEY OF CANADIAN HERBARIA
par Bernard Boivin Ministère de !’Agriculture , Ottawa et Herbier Louis-Marie Université Laval , Québec. 1980